Nov 092012

9th November 1797 saw the publication of this splendid cartoon by Richard Newton. It shows the Pope (Pius VI) kissing the bare backside of Napoloeon and was entitled “Buonaparte establishing French Quarters in Italy”. Charles James Fox and Richard Brinsley Sheridan are shown cheering, as William Pitt the Younger prepares to take his turn, sobbing into his handkerchief:

“It’s my turn next. Ah, it’s what we must all come to!”

Napoloeon says “Your Holiness is not the first that has fallen in the rear of the French Republic”

Bad taste, satire, wit and a fine caricature. Great stuff!

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